The copper rose is an easy, affordable project that requires minimal time or tools to make.  
        I have always wanted to learn how to work with metal but never really had the tools or the time to practice making anything. So, when I finally found a project that is cheap, easy to make, and requires barely any tools, I started filling my house with them. These metal roses make awesome decorations for your house and even awesomer gifts to anyone worthy of your affection. 

As far as materials go, all you need is 2 small pieces of 22 gauge sheet metal (1 copper and 1 steel) and a steel rod measuring 1/4" in diameter and 1 foot in length. You can buy both at Home Depot.

And for tools you will need:
A hammer
2 pairs of pliers, 1 needle nose and 1 flat head
Tin snips
A drill with a 1/4" bit
A chisel
A file
And a friend with a welder

Step 1: Cut out pattern on paper

          Print out the attached file of the petals onto an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The pattern should take up basically your whole sheet. Cut out the shapes given. On the petals, (the propeller looking thingees), cut down to the edge of the middle circle but don't detach the individual petals from the center circle.
<p>Great instructable! Here's one I made by alternating copper and brass with brass-rod stem and copper leaves. </p><p>One <br> Tip: I couldn't get the texturing with a chisel to work at all as it <br>kept bending the metal (although this worked real nice for the sepal and <br> leaves) so I ran the petals along my angle grinder with a cutting wheel <br> instead. This textured them nice and random, and it was pretty much <br>effortless too :)</p>
<p>It looks GREAT! Better than I could do.....</p>
<p>A good way to get the texture you're looking for is... if you have an electric drill, screwdriver or dremel with the round wire brush disk shaped attachment turn it on and just let the little bristles of the disk lightly run down the petals tilt your hand to control the direction you want the designs to go in. much easier and you can pick one up under $20.00 at harbor freight</p>
<p>I should mention that I used solder to secure the pedals, and a combination of wire wrapping and solder on the leaves.</p>
Don't list a &quot;friend&quot; with a welder!!!!Between my welder/torches,and my car hauling trailer,I have more friends than I can handle already!Just kidding,this is an awesome project,Very beautiful!
<p>Love it - have a truck and a trailer and know about friends!</p>
<p>This was a great project to do. My wife absolutely loved it. Next time I think I'll add the candle holder leaves on the stem. Or maybe alternating metals like one of the posters before. Thanks for the excellent ideas!</p>
This was a first for me. Plan on making a few more. Thank you for the ideas.
Here's mine. I'd made a couple steel ones but working with copper was a first for me so it was a lot of fun.
<p>That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing</p>
<p>I have a welder but didn't use it. A 2 inch long bolt and a lock nut holds the petal layers together. A 1/2 x 1/4 copper sweat fitting hides the nut. 1/4 inch copper tubing threads onto the bolt. </p>
<p>Hey! Awesome project. I was just wondering if it is absolutely necessary to use 22 Gauge sheet? I've got some that sits around 27 Gauge, would rhat be right to use? </p>
The higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal is.
<p>You could definitely use 27 guage, it'll just be slightly harder. </p>
I could be wrong, but the higher gauge is the thinner the metal
it's pretty great! I removed the larger petal layer since i find it too big and I used brass instead of copper. Finished it by using a blowtorch over it and some slight polishing over it. The stem on mine is only 1.5&quot; long.<br>Thanks for sharing this project!
<p>this is gorgous!!! Thank you for sharing. </p>
<p>Great instructable, thank you!!</p><p>One does not weld copper you solder it!!</p><p>Technically copper does not &quot;rust&quot; but it can take on a patina and with acid you can turn it green, which might be interesting.</p><p>Once again very well done!!</p>
<p>I really enjoy seeing the creativity, inspiration and ingenuity this project has brought forth! Wonderful. I'm the &quot;friend with a Welder&quot; so, now I aim to get some Copper sheet and have a craft party with some of my friends. This project you've shared is gonna be a blast to make with a group. Especially with some wine involved! LOL!</p>
Can hardly wait to make me some! Thanks for the great directions
Will try this - love it
<p>These are great. I'm going to have a go and solder them to a picture light along with some leaves. A quick question... can I use 22 gauge stainless steel or does it need to be mild?</p>
If you can bend it and scratch it, you can use it! Goes for any material.
<p>This is awesome ans so easy. Thanks a lot for this article. My wife will love this when finished. Watch this space for a &quot;I made it&quot; picture.</p>
you should be very proud that you inspired so many people
I didn't have any copper so I tried it with a pop can, turned out alright! I'm not very artistic so I'm fairly happy with my result. next time I'm at the hardware store I'll have to look for copper top try it again.<br>This is the best instruction set anywhere on how to make a metal rose, thank you!
<p>Well, I gave it a shot. :) Couldn't find sheets of copper, so I used a 1/4&quot; iron rod and some roof flashing. Lots of lessons learned with this one, and I now have replaced my Christmas list with one containing metalworking tools....okay, so the firearms are still on it, I just added tools. Love the instructions, this was a lot easier to make than I would have thought, and I'm looking forward to picking up the correct tools for the job and really knocking this out next time!</p>
<p>I joined up just so I could reply and say you made me laugh out loud. My husband collects firearms but I got a lincoln welder for Christmas. Hope you got your Christmas wishes! Also - you encouraged me to try this project!!</p>
<p>:) Go for it! Its a lot easier than I thought when I was first reading the instructions, and if you have the correct tools for the job, I can only imagine how much better yours will look!</p>
<p>The instructions were easy to follow, my first attempt turned out way better than I thought it was going to.</p>
<p>Thanks - you have given me courage!</p>
I love it so much :D
<p>If we are not making the stem, do we still need the steel rod and do we need to drill a hole through the petals? Additionally, what is the file for?</p>
<p>Awesome project! </p><p>I used a heat gun, intending to soften the copper. I don't think it got any softer but I was able to get a pretty cool color change. It seemed to go from copper/orange -&gt; red -&gt; yellow -&gt; silver-ish -&gt; brown. I was using a sample pack of C110 copper so the layers are different thicknesses, from 0.016&quot; for the inner most to 0.062&quot; for the outer most. The variation in thickness made it easy to get different temperatures, and correspondingly different colors.</p><p>It's on a brass stem and I'm working on making brass leaves. Going to see if I can hide some 1 watt LED's under the leaves and make it a lamp.</p>
<p>Copper work softens, when you heat it it actually gets harder.</p>
<p>Actually, copper work hardens. Heating to red hot then rapidly quenching in water will &quot;anneal,&quot; or soften the copper again.</p>
<p>managed to add brass leaves, an oak base, and while LEDs</p>
<p>Copper needs to reach 700F to anneal properly and should be a bright red or orange glow. A propane torch works great and allows precise softening of select areas. Other options are the burner on a gas stove, burners in a gas grill, charcoal grill, fireplace or fire pit with a small wood fire. If you are using a fireplace or fire pit it helps to tie a piece of steel wire or coat hanger to the part to use as a handle.</p>
<p>just curious, would you consider selling the rites of the template to people so they can make and sell them? figured there's no harm in asking</p>
<p>Loved this Instructable! I used a thin aluminum sheet from home depot with a steel rod I had lying around. I painted the rose metallic gold and wire brushed the rod/stem. Since I don't have a welder, I used a combination of wire wrapping and big globs of super glue to secure the leaves :P Gave it to my girlfriend as a one-year gift! She absolutely loved it!</p>
So beatiful! Here's mine
i didn't have any copper so I made it out of aluminum siding
<p>Copper is so wonderful to work with. It is my favorite. I am sure I'd love to work with silver or gold but I'd love to be rich too. LOL Anyway, if you have a small butane torch you can colorize your copper with heat. Just make sure once you get to the perfect color that you want that you quench it in ice water to stop the process. </p>
<p>Are you interested in selling them? I am interested in buying a few - love the metal roses but am not very good with metal myself.</p>
Wow, I think this is the first project I've seen where so many people have made their own! Great work!
<p>I used to make similar ones using thin mild steel that made for great gifts. I got pretty good at spray painting them but I have to say that the natural beauty of copper is perfect for this form. much easier on the fingers too I bet! excellent job and great instructable. </p>
<p>A student of mine found this instructable and wanted to try it out. Took some work but it we got it worked out using 24g sheet metal. Turned out so nice I had to try making one too! Hard to see in the pics but there are some neat color patters added using the torch.</p>
<p>Epic job. I love it. Now I need to make me one.</p>
This is beautiful.
<p>I was wondering if instead of banging with a chisel to create the texture, how well would it work to use some very rough grit sandpaper to create the lines?</p>

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